Recommended Reading

The following list is the recommended reading list for reenactors and researchers. The latest in historical research and essential information for living historians who want to improve their historical impression.


A Diderot Pictorial Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry, Vol. 1
~ Denis Diderot, Dover Publications, ISBN: 0486274284


The Art of Fine Tools
~ Sandor Nagyszalanczy, Taunton Press, ISBN: 1561582638

Use of Hand Woodworking Tools
~ Leo P. McDonnell, Delmar Publishing; 2nd Edition, ISBN: 0827310986

The Woodwright’s Companion: Exploring Traditional Woodcraft
~ Roy Underhill, The University of North Carolina Press, ISBN: 0807840955

Mastering Hand Tool Techniques: A Comprehensive Guide on How to Sharpen, Tune, and Use Classic Hand Tools to Add Power to Your Woodworking
~ Alan Bridgewater and Gill Bridgewater, Popular Woodworking Books, ISBN: 1558704574

The Handplane Book
~ Garrett Hack, Taunton Press, ISBN: 1561587125

Hand Tools: Their Ways and Working
~ Aldren A. Watson, W. W. Norton & Company, ISBN: 1393322769

Tools of the Trade: The Art and Craft of Carpentry
~ Jeff Taylor, ISBN: 0811812731


Eat My Words: Reading Women’s Lives Through the Cookbooks They Wrote
~Janet Theophano

The City Tavern Cookbook: Recipes from the Birthplace of American Cuisine
~by Walter Staib (Hardcover – May 12, 2009)

The Compleat Housewife
~ Eliza Smith

Elinor Fettiplace’s Receipt Book: Elizabethan Country House Cooking
~ Hilary Spurling

Egg Pies, Moss Cakes and Pigeons Like Puffins: Eighteenth Century British Cookery
from Manuscript Sources
~ Vincent DiMarco, iUniverse, Inc. ISBN: 0595428266

American Cookery: Or, the Art of Dressing ciands, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables, and the
Best Mods of Making Puff-Pastes, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards and Preserves; And All Kinds
of Cakes, from the Imperial Plum to Plain Cake; Adapted to this Country and All Grades of Life
~Amelia Simmons, Applewood Books, ISBN: 155709439X

Mrs. Beeton’s Cookery Book and Household Guide
~ Isabella Mary Beeton, Cosimo Classics, ISBN:1602068798

Clothing & Costume

Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Fashion in Detail: The 17th and 18th Centuries
~ Avril Hart, V&A Publishing, ISBN: 1851775676

Costume in Detail: 1730-1930
~ Nancy Bradfield, Costume & Fashion Press, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 0896762173

The Art of Dress: Clothes Through History 1500-1914
~Jane Ashelford, National Trust, ISBN-10: 1905400799


The Dictionary of Fashion History
~ Valerie Cumming, C.W. Cunnington, P.E. Cunnington, Berg Publishers, ISBN: 1847885330

The History of Underclothes
~ C. Willett Cunnington, Philis Cunnington, Dover Publications, ISBN: 0486271242

Customs & Culture

Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America
~ David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University Press, USA, ISBN: 0195069056

The American Backwoods Frontier: An Ethical and Ecological Interpretation
~ Professor Terry G. Jordan, Professor Matti E. Kaups, John Hopkins University Press, ISBN: 0801843758

Ettiquette & Comportment

George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation
~George Washington, Applewood Books, ISBN-13: 978-1557091031

First Person Narratives

Adventure in the Wilderness: The American Journals of Louis Antoine De Bougainville, 1756-1760
~ Edward P. Hamilton, University of Oklahoma Press, ISBN: 080612248X

Ticonderoga Soldier Elijah Estabrooks Journal 1758-1760: A Massachusetts Provincial Soldier in the French and Indian War [Paperback]
~ Harold Skaarup, iUniverse, ISBN: 0595169465

The Annotated and Illustrated Journals of Major Robert Rogers
~ Timothy J. Todish and Gary Zaboly, Purple Mountain Press, ISBN: 1930098200

Diary of David McClure Doctor of Divinity 1748-1820
~ Franklin B. Dexter, BiblioLife, ISBN: 1140316060

The Diary of Jabez Fitch, Jr. In the French and Indian War 1757
~ Jabez Jr. Fitch, Rogers Island Historical Association

Food History

Salt: A World History
~ Mark Kurlansky

The Dictionary of Beer and Brewing
~ Dan Rabin, Carl Forget, and Gregg Smith (Hardcover – Oct 1, 1998)

Food in History
~ Reay Tannahill

The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
~ Mark Kurlansky

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed The World
~ Mark Kurlansky, Penguin Books, ISBN: 0140275010

The Tomato in America: Early History, Culture, and Cookery
~ Andrew F. Smith, University of Illinois Press, ISBN: 0252070097

America’s Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking
~ by Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald, The University of North Carolina Press, ISBN: 0807828947

Food in Colonial and Federal America (Food in American History)
~ Sandra Oliver, Greenwood, ISBN: 0313329885

A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
~ James E. McWilliams, Columbia University Press, ISBN: 0231129939

Saltwater Foodways
~ Sandra Oliver, Mystic Seaport Museum; 1st Edition, ISBN: 0913372722

French & Indian War

The First Global War: Britain, France, and the Fate of North America, 1756-1775
~ William R. Nester, Praeger Publishers, ISBN: 0275967719


Field Guide to American Antique Furniture: A Unique Visual System for Identifying the Style of Virtually Any Piece of American Antique Furniture
~ Joseph T. Butler & Ray Skibinski, Holt Paperbacks, ISBN: 0805001247

American Furniture of the 18th Century: History, Technique, and Structure
~ Jeffrey P Greene, Taunton Press, ISBN: 1561581046

Hairstyles & Wigs

18th Century Hair & Wig Styling: History & Step-by-Step Techniques
~ Kendra Van Cleave, ISBN: 0692220437

Historical Wig Styling Set: Historical Wig Styling: Ancient Egypt to the 1830s: (The Focal Press Costume Topics Series)
~ Allison Lowery, Focal Press, ISBN-10: 0240821238

Maritime History

With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of an American Maritime Empire (The United States in the World)
~ Brian Rouleau, Cornell University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0801452338


BRITISH LIGHT INFANTRY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY An Introduction to Sir John Moore’s System of Training
~ J.F.C. Fuller, Terence Wise Publishing, ASIN: B00450KXG2

The equipment of New France militia, 1740-1760
~ Steve Delisle, Kebeca Liber Ata Co (1999), ASIN: B0006RB0J2

Revolutionary War

Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution
~ George C. Neumann, Scurlock Publishing Company, ISBN: 0960566686


Swords and Blades of the American Revolution
~ George C. Neumann, Scurlock Publishing Company, ISBN: 1880655004

Guns on the Early Frontiers: From Colonial Times to the Years of the Western Fur Trade
~ Carl Parcher Russell, Dover Publications, ISBN: 0486436810

Colonial Frontier Guns
~ T.M. Hamilton, Pioneer Pr, ISBN: 0913150614

Early Indian Trade Guns: 1625-1775 (Contributions of the Museum of the Great Plains Ser.: No. 3)
~ T. M. Hamilton, Institute of the Great Plains, ISBN: 0685913600

Women’s Studies

The Prospect before Her: A History of Women in Western Europe, 1500-1800.
~ Olwen Hufton

K. D. M. Snell’s Annals of the Labouring Poor

Bridget Hill in Women, Work, and Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England
~ Elisabeth Anthony Dexter, Literary Licensing, LLC, ISBN-10: 1258215829